I have a postcard that sits on the wall next to my desk, it says, "Art Is The New Rock'N Roll" and I believe those words to be true. Just as music is an expression of the world around us, contemporary...
Nuit Blanche draws criticism -- all answerable. Some say that the event has strayed too far from its original focus on art -- others say that there's too much corporate involvement and focus on cultural tourism. The payback to Toronto is meaningful. I take these concerns seriously. Its impact since 2006 has grown from $1 million to $40.5 million last year, a lot of money flowing into Toronto's economy for just one night.
Who benefits from the granting system? The system supports artists, but artists come into public view only when their work is exhibited, by a museum, a commercial gallery or within the arts community itself.
We have Nuit Blanche in Montreal and Toronto (which is a good start) and we have art fairs for collectors, but the question remains: how do we get the average non-art person visiting galleries and purchasing work by local artists?